Fall means raking leaves, but be careful if you choose to burn those leaves! Wildfires are a serious threat to lives and property in the U.S. The combination of drought, warmer temperatures, high winds and an excess of dried vegetation in forests and grasslands has made fire seasons progressively worse over the past 50 years. And, in the last decade, wildfires have burned over 80 million acres of these lands.
Read the 7 ways (PDF) residents can reduce the risk that their homes and property will become fuel for a wildfire.
If you choose to burn your leaves and yard debris, please follow these rules:
You must have a burn permit each and every time you want to burn
Burn permits expire at sundown
You can only burn natural, yard debris from your property
*No household garbage, furniture, tires, plastics, glass, metals or construction materials.